Join the Speaker Initiative

Many non-verbal children are not provided with an alternative method of speaking and participate in instruction or behavior therapy 'solely as a listener'. Others are provided with an alternative method, such as picture exchange or an electronic tablet, that is not portable or requires multiple responses to make simple requests. These methods are often abandoned by the children, resulting in young adults with problem behavior 'when they want to make requests'. Essential for Living will help you select and confirm an alternative, method of speaking that meets the CAFE criteria -- Continuously Available, Frequently used, and Effortless -- and is much less likely to be abandoned later.

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Upcoming Online Training Sessions and Workshops

Due to overwhelming interest and a limited number of available slots, please contact us if you register and are unable to attend. This will permit others to register. Thank You.



Online Trainings

Online trainings are generally one-hour events which occur severyal times each month. They include one more components of Essential for Living or are a general Q&A session. There is no fee for Online Trainings / Q&As.
Date Title Details + Registration
November 30th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
ONE-HOUR ONLINE EFL TRAINING: BRIEF INTRO WITH Q AND A-(Nov. 30):  for individuals — will familiarize an audience with Essential for Living and will answer any and all questions from participants who are either new to EFL or current users
December 7th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
ONE-HOUR ONLINE EFL TRAINING: BRIEF INTRO WITH Q AND A-(Dec. 7):  for individuals — will familiarize an audience with Essential for Living and will answer any and all questions from participants who are either new to EFL or current users.
December 11th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
ONE-HOUR ONLINE EFL TRAINING: BRIEF INTRO WITH Q AND A-(Dec. 11):  for individuals — will familiarize an audience with Essential for Living and will answer any and all questions from participants who are either new to EFL or current users.



Online Workshops

Online Workshops are generally three-hour or six-hour events which occur several times each year. Online Workshops include one, several, or all of the components of Essential for Living. There is a fee for Online Workshops.
Date Title Details + Registration
December 1st, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 10:00 AM Denver time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 5:00 PM London time, 6:00 PM Rome time
[TWO-DAY INTRODUCTORY ONLINE WORKSHOP] EFL-Training Option 8: Online Essential for Living Workshop [six hours]: Part 1 [Dec. 1 - three hours] Learning to Conduct an Assessment and Develop a Program Plan using Essential for Living and Part 2 [Dec. 2 - three hours] Teaching Functional, Life Skills and Recording Learner Progress
December 8th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
[TWO-DAY INTRODUCTORY EFL ONLINE WORKSHOP] [six hours]: Part 1 [Dec. 8 - three hours] Learning to Conduct an Assessment and Develop a Program Plan using Essential for Living and Part 2 [Dec. 10 - three hours] Teaching Functional, Life Skills and Recording Learner Progress
December 14th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
[TWO-DAY INTRODUCTORY EFL ONLINE WORKSHOP] [six hours]: Part 1 [Dec. 14 - three hours] Learning to Conduct an Assessment and Develop a Program Plan using Essential for Living and Part 2 [Dec. 15 - three hours] Teaching Functional, Life Skills and Recording Learner Progress
December 17th, 2020
12:00 PM New York time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 5:00 PM London time, and 6:00 PM Rome time
A TWO-DAY 'ADVANCED' EFL ONLINE WORKSHOP [six hours]: Part 1 [Dec. 17 - three hours] -- Instructional and Treatment Planning... and Part 2 [Dec. 18 - three hours] Instruction, Treatment, and Data Collection



If you’ve missed an Online Training or Workshop and don’t see one that you can attend coming up, don’t worry, we list new events frequently, just keep an eye on this page.

Join us at the next Essential for Living Workshop:

December 1st, 2020, 12:00 PM New York time, 9:00 AM Los Angeles time, 10:00 AM Denver time, 11:00 AM Chicago time, 5:00 PM London time, 6:00 PM Rome time
Title: [TWO-DAY INTRODUCTORY ONLINE WORKSHOP] EFL-Training Option 8: Online Essential for Living Workshop [six hours]: Part 1 [Dec. 1 - three hours] Learning to Conduct an Assessment and Develop a Program Plan using Essential for Living and Part 2 [Dec. 2 - three hours] Teaching Functional, Life Skills and Recording Learner Progress
Sponsoring Agency: Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates
Location: online